Home for Rent or Home Exchange / House Swap

London N5 2QR United Kingdom

Listing # 100972

Rates From GBP 4950 Monthly
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Last Updated: Monday, October 8, 2018

Large historic family home in excellent Highbury/ Islington location with easy access to central London and to local restaurants, cafes, shops and parks

A beautiful, fully renovated and refurbished large family townhouse with two large offices as well as three and a half bedrooms and three bathrooms. The house was built in 1890 and has some lovely original features, in particular very fine plaster cornicing and mouldings on the Upper Ground Floor, plus high ceilings, large windows and lots of light. It is located on a quiet, tree-lined road in a great location.

Lower Ground Floor – contains 1) a large office with a desk in the window looking out on the front garden, plenty of fitted bookshelves, a circular table and 4 dining chairs and a sofa bed (very comfortable – could be used for long term stays as it folds out completely flat to a full size double); 2) a full utility/ laundry room with washer, separate dryer, sink, large fridge freezer and storage; 3) a shower room with toilet and basin; 4) a storage room with a door to the street that includes storage for cycles (two adult cycles and a child cycle for a child approx 5-9 yrs old are available to borrow).

Upper Ground Floor – contains 1) main street entrance and hallway with original Victorian tiled floor; 2) a large sitting room with corner sofa, gas fire, bay window and TV with regular and satellite channels; 3) a dining room (knocked through with sitting room) with teak table and 6 chairs (table seats up to 10 people), bookshelves, a CD player, a Sonos music system and storage cupboards; 4) a large, fully fitted kitchen with range cooker, espresso machine, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, filtered water, island unit with breakfast bar, built-in 3-seater sofa, masses of storage, speakers for the music system, an opening glass rooflight and glass doors forming the rear wall that fold back so the kitchen runs seamlessly into the garden on warm days.

First Floor Mezzanine – contains 1) a large office with fitted bookshelves, walnut corner desk, store cupboard and printer/ scanner

First Floor – contains 1) main bedroom with kingsize bed, bay window, lots of storage; 2) ensuite to main bedroom with shower, basin, toilet and storage; 3) family bathroom with jacuzzi bath, separate shower, basin unit, toilet and storage.

Second Floor Mezzanine – contains 1) versatile bedroom with built-in wardrobe that can be used as a double room, a twin room or a cot room.

Second Floor – contains 1) large double bedroom with double bed, desk, built-in cupboards and a sash window overlooking the garden; 2) den room with sloped roof that works very well as a playroom for children (there isn’t much full-head height space for adults up there) but could also work as a child’s bedroom with a single bed or a cot; 3) hall space with bookshelves and a seating area under an opening glass rooflight.

Our home is in the heart of Highbury, North London, on a quiet road of residential family houses. Highbury has many great restaurants and cafes (including Trullo, which some say is the best Italian in London), shops (there is an excellent cheese shop ‘La Fromagerie', fishmonger, butcher, fruit and veg shop, Italian deli and wine merchant ‘Highbury Vintners’ within 5 minutes walk) and beautiful parks (Clissold Park and Highbury Fields have great facilities for children and sports).

We have very easy access to a range of transport links. There are bus stops within 5 minutes of the house on bus routes to most major London universities. The nearest tube station is Arsenal on the Piccadilly line, which takes you to Kings Cross for UCL (and for the Eurostar and trains to other UK cities), Russell Square for SOAS, Holborn for LSE and KCL, to central London or to Heathrow. It is also easy to get to Highbury and Islington or Finsbury Park stations on the Victoria Line (for the Gatwick Express and Stansted Express), to Canonbury on the Overground (for QMU, Hampstead Heath, Shoreditch etc) and to Drayton Park for the City of London. London City airport can be reached by taking the Overground and changing to the Docklands Light Railway.


Number of Bedrooms
Number of Bathrooms
Number of Offices
Surface Size
2600 Sq. Feet
Suited for
8 people
Property Type


Available from Saturday, August 17, 2019 until Sunday, September 1, 2019
Minimum Stay
2 week(s)
Flexible With Dates

*Approximate location of the property is within the blue radius. Red markers indicate surrounding points of interest including schools, universities, libraries and museums.

City London
Postal Code - State or Province N5 2QR
Country United Kingdom
Neighborhood Keywords Highbury
Closest University UCL
University nearby London School of Economics, SOAS, Kings College London, Birkbeck, Queen Mary

Home Exchange:

We are only interested in a home swap with the following location(s)...

Preferred Exchange Destination(s) and timing:

Destination 1: Sydney
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Rental Price:

GBP 4950 Monthly
Rental Fee Comments
Rent may be negotiable for longer stays
Rent Negotiable
Utilities Included
Cleaning Services Included


  • Near Shops
  • Urban Environment
  • Near Restaurants
  • Sub Urban Environment
  • Near Public Transports

Additional Information:

  • Furnished
  • Available for Long Term
  • Off Campus
  • Architectural Gem
  • Historical Home


  • Modern Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Network
  • Printer
  • Stairs
  • Security System or Doorman
  • Fireplace
  • TV
  • Garden
  • Baby Furniture
  • Other:


Kid Friendly
Small Children Safe
Smoke Free
Pets Welcome
Car Available

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My husband and I are both academics in the Dept of International Relations at the London School of Economics. I travel a lot for research purposes (I work on war crimes and international justice) and we both like to travel for pleasure. We're hoping to take sabbatical trips to the US and Australia over the next few years while two of our three kids are still young, so will be looking for large family houses to rent/ swap.



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Kirsten and George's home in Highbury/Islington is exquisite. My husband, two children, and I stayed for six weeks over summer and enjoyed it immensely. The home is enormous and beautifully decorated. As academics my husband and I appreciated having the room to spread out and find a quiet corner or desk away from our children to work. The house is over several floors so would not suit someone with mobility issues, but for a family like us it was perfect. We loved the kitchen and the enormous island bench where the whole family gathered for breakfast. We also enjoyed the sunny courtyard and happily entertained friends there for summer dinners.

Location wise, the home was absolutely perfect. Super quiet street but an easy walk down to Arsenal tube station, and loads of buses to everywhere you would want to go. An easy trip into central London or anywhere else you would want to go.

My favourite part was the walkability to Stoke Newington and Clissold Park where there were summer festivals, lots of lovely cafes, shops, bakeries and pubs. Clissold Park is huge with lots of beautiful walks, a cafe and playground for the kids, as well as a paddle pool and deer enclosure. We would love to stay again.

Excellent SydneySociologist 3/31/2018 12:38:00 AM